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Playing this sucker comes as close to the zen feeling Roger Kahn spoke so poetically about in the seminal The Boys Of Summer. MLB 2K5 is a deep, thoughtful baseball simulation that can be wonderfully hard to play. But with three puff-chested nerds from ESPN analyzing your every move, you sometimes want to take the bat to them when you're losing. That's a strike against the game (but they do praise you if you're winning). There are glitches with the replays (which often have the ESPN guys chiming in after the play is seen onscreen). Yet the attention to detail is sometimes like the intricacy of a mandala made in sand. When Bernie Williams fans the air twice in a row, for instance, a loudmouthed fan will yell "Stick to playing guitar," referring to Williams' oh-so-average jazz CD of 2003. The only thing this game doesn't have is a steroid meter, a way to detect the thick-necked thugs who give baseball a bad name (and a way to punish them). Oh, well, maybe next year. Hey, it's only $20, about half the price of its closest competition.

Combine the bloodiest aspects of Kill Bill with the grace of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonand the hardcore idiocy of Bully and you have the personality of DEVIL MAY CRY's half-devil, half-human hero, Dante. With swords and guns, he'll bloody every hell-demon in sight with ballet-like moves and a thug-ish attitude. DMC, the original, took gaming a step forward with an advanced fighting system and a wild story. DMC 2 sucked; it simply wasn't ready for prime time gaming. DMC 3 may well be the best because it's got sibling rivalry at its disgusting heart and it's way more challenging than its precursors. You say you want blood? You haven't witnessed blood until you've played this particular Mature-rated game.

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MLB 2K5
For: Xbox, PS2
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Visual Concepts

DEVIL MAY CRY 3: DANTE'S AWAKENING
For: PS2
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom

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